Desert Ensemble Theatre (DET) will present the world premiere of Do Not Remove Label, a comic suspense thriller by Jerome Elliott Moskowitz set during Hanukkah,1966. 

The story revolves around 12-year-old Bobby and his newly widowed mother Tammy, who are making latkes, preparing to celebrate the holiday. Then, a missing label on the sofa triggers an ill-timed visit from the FBI and Hannukah is turned upside down. Can the next-door neighbor Cookie Balinsky save the day with rugelach and good cheer? 

Moskowitz, DET’s Artistic Director, states: “I am delighted to have the company’s support as I return to my playwriting roots after a long hiatus. The suspense of the Hanukkah miracle – would the Temple menorah stay lit until they located more oil? – inspired me to write a holiday story filled with intrigue and espionage. But in the spirit of Hanukkah, which was always a time of great joy in our household, I want people to have their suspense mixed with a good dose of laughter.”

Renowned director and actor Michael Pacas joins DET as director for the first time. The award-winning cast includes Yo Younger, Melanie Blue, Shawn Abramowitz, Richard Marlow, and Brayden Gravdahl as Bobby. Do Not Remove Label is the first production of DET’s 12th season of “West Coast Originals,” spotlighting the wealth of playwriting talent in the Western region.

In 2021, DET moved its theatre space into the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Even with the move and the challenges of the pandemic, DET broke all attendance records and received a record breaking 31 Desert Theatre League nominations, 

Do Not Remove Label will run for two weekends, December 2-4 and December 9-11, with performances Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 2pm. Tickets are $35 and are on sale now. For additional information or to purchase tickets visit DesertEnsembleTheatre.org or call (760) 565-2476. DET is located in the Palm Springs Cultural Center located at 2300 E. Baristo Rd. in Palm Springs.